When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real-life stories from other expats who have lived there. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Portugal and would like to share your experience.

Joanna is a nomad, an online teacher and a blogger. She left her home country, Poland, almost 20 years ago. Since then she's lived in the UK, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, and she's now living in Portugal. She runs her own business – OK English – where, along with 7 other teachers, she teaches Polish people to speak English with confidence. Read about her expat experiences living in Lisbon.

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Bob Burrows is an American expat living in Ericeira. In late 2019 he took the leap with his wife and moved to Portugal and hasn't looked back. Bob enjoys the quality of life in Portugal and how close to the beach they live. Read more about his expat experiences in Portugal.


Gail Aguiar is a Philippines-born, Canadian-raised freelance photographer who made Portugal home in late 2013, six countries and three continents later. She lives in photogenic Porto with her Portuguese husband and their rescue dog from Guimarães. Read more about her expat life in Portugal.


In the first month of 2016, Helena Radeson Silverup and her husband left Sweden’s icy shores with their four-year-old daughter in tow. They headed straight for sunshine and easy living and found themselves in Cascais, Portugal. Read more about her expat life in Portugal.


Sarah is a British expat living in the Algarve with her partner, Keith. She is a freelance writer and author of six books who sought out a quiet life in the rural hills of Portugal, where she can cycle in the sun and eat breakfast outdoors in January. Read more about her expat life in Portugal.


Julie Fox is a British expat living in Portugal. Having previously lived in Tanzania and Venezuela, Julie is now settled in a tiny village in central Portugal, close to the city of Coimbra, where she works part time as an English teacher. She also works as a freelance writer and enjoys sharing her expat experiences in Portugal on her blog. Read more about her expat life in Portugal.


After a period of exploration in Europe and Africa, British expat Derek Harper settled in Portugal with his partner. Though he still gets sentimental about curry and country pubs, he loves his life abroad and has even created online guides for expats moving to and living in Portugal. Read more about Derek's expat experience in Portugal.


Wendy, a British expat living in Portugal, was heavy with the hardship of life in the UK. Rather than continue on weighed down and wary of what was to come, she moved with her husband and her two boys to Portugal. Since, she's become her own boss and is enjoying life on the idyllic Iberian Peninsula. Read more about her expat experience in Portugal.


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